Cycling network scheme on track
Work is on track to create a £2 million cycling network for a town.
Coalville's cycle scheme, launched two months ago, is forging ahead, with construction of five sections of the network nearing completion.
A mile of new cycle routes has already been created as part of the Leicestershire County Council project.
So far, work has been focused on the Birchtree roundabout, by Bardon Hill industrial estate, and along the A511 Stephenson Way.
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The next stage will include a new cycle route in Forest Road, by Newbridge High School.
Lesley Pendleton, county council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "Good progress is being made with building the network and I'm pleased that so far the disruption caused has been minimal. Work will stop on the network in December to make way for people getting into the town to do their Christmas shopping.
"We would like to thank motorists for their patience while this work is carried out.
"When complete, it will be of great benefit to the town and we hope it will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and use their bikes for work, shopping and leisure."
The overall project has been split up into about 30 different sections, which will be completed over the next year.
When finished, the network will span about nine miles, connecting existing tracks in the town and vastly improving access for cyclists.
It is hoped the project will also encourage more people to leave their cars at home and ease congestion.
Fran Slater, 53, of Town and Country gardening footwear and accessories, based at Bardon Hill, said: "Despite the work, traffic flow has been pretty good.
"The diversions are quite clear and it's not causing too much disruption, certainly not for me or my staff.
"My journey to and from work is not taking any longer."
Led by the county council, the project aims to boost sustainable travel, primarily in the Coalville and Loughborough areas, over the next three years.
It is being paid for with the help of £4 million from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Cycling and sustainable transport charity Sustrans has put £250,000 towards the Coalville network. For details, visit:
www.leics.gov.uk/ proposed_ coalville_ cycle_network